Invitation to webinar – National rollout of the Communication Access Symbol

  1. Are you interested to learn how you can be part of the national rollout of communication access?
  2. Are you an organization that has experience in delivering services to individuals with communication difficulties?
  3. Are you interested in providing people who use AAC with the opportunity to have open employment?
  4. Are you interested to find out what is needed to obtain a licence to carry out communication access assessments and award the Communication Access Symbol?

Your webinar invitation is attached:

http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/communication-access/.

Reflections on the ISAAC 2016 conference in Toronto

Thanks to Emma and Toni Green for this report:

Emma:
thank you ISAAC Australia for the grant that helped with conference costs.
The thing I loved most was seeing my friends who use AAC, speech therapists and other people I know.
I’m crazy excited that ISAAC will be in Australia in 2018.

Toni:
It was great to see so many people from Australia at the conference, and to meet folk from Canada and other places around the world who use AAC or support people who do in one way or another.
The trade displays were fantastic and there was the latest technology available to try out.
The conference dinner and dance was hilarious, Emma got a lot of footage on her GoPro (but we daren’t make it public, it’s too funny!!)
As usual there were some brilliant presentations from people who use AAC . We particularly enjoyed Beth Moulam’s presentation on interviewing and hiring support staff.
It was great to be part of the  Town Hall meeting, I was there to support Emma and as her scribe, so I got to watch and listen but say nothing (always good for parents to do!).
Jane and co did a great ad for the 2018 conference at the closing ceremony, and we have ISAAC the Moose travelling with us until we return to Australia to help spread the word about the conference.
I would really encourage parents to consider supporting their family member at the conference, it’s a great way to build networks, to learn and to see your family member grow in confidence as they communicate with others in a safe environment.

Great inclusion example

While we are celebrating AAC awareness month and working on our video masterpieces we thought you might enjoy this inspiring example of AAC inclusion in the classroom.  Thanks to ISAAC Australia member BJ Price for drawing our attention to this, and congratulations to BJ’s son Max and his school mates who are the stars of the video!

ABC Behind the News

AACcess All Areas Film Competition

Entries are now open in the ISAAC Australia 2016 film competition.  Please see the attached information and submit your entry by 31st October.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea on isaacaustralia@gmail.com. isaac_filmcompetitionentryformisaac_videocompetitioninstructions

AAC Awareness Month Picnic!

Did you know…..

We’re having a National AAC Awareness Picnic!

 

October is ISAAC’s AAC Awareness Month – and we’re celebrating and joining in across Australia very soon!

AAC Voice and Agosci are organising picnic’s in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia….

This year’s theme is Access All Areas – help raise awareness about Augmentative and Alternative Communication – so you can access all areas in the community…

 

For NSW:

Please see the attached flyer and let us know if you can come. We’d love you to join us at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, for this picnic!

RSVP to Harriet by 6 October at hkorner@netspace.net.au

It would be great to know who is coming and how many people, if you’re coming in a group.

We’re planning to have fun AAC activities to raise awareness about all the ways people can communicate.

Hoping to see you there! Please feel free to forward this information to others – we’d love lots of people to come!

 

Fiona Given & Harriet Korner

AAC Voice Inc.

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Are you ready for AAC Awareness month?

October is AAC awareness month. Have you thought about what you would like to do to celebrate?  Here are some ideas:

Host a silent morning tea.  You can find all the information you need here:  http://www.scopeaust.org.au/silent-morning-tea/ .

Raise funds for ISSAC Australia with “I have something to say” wristbands – available for $2 each from Meredith Allan mmallan@netspace.net.au.

Advertise the ISAAC 2018 international conference on the Gold Coast with fridge magnets, also available from Meredith.

Or stay tuned for an exciting ISAAC Australia opportunity… details to follow!

 

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Research Project: Online Information Searching by Parents of Children who use AAC

Researchers at Deakin University need your help! We want to know how parents of children with a disability search for information about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) online. AAC is any type of communication that replaces or supports spoken language. It can include sign language, picture cards, symbol or alphabet boards, and electronic speech-generating devices.

This study will require you to complete a survey, and attend a 2-hour internet searching session. Participants will receive a $20 gift voucher for their attendance.

Who can participate?

To participate in this study, you need to be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Able to speak and read English
  • A parent of a child who uses any type of aided-AAC to communicate
  • Able to travel to one of our research sites: Melbourne city, Burwood, Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Dandenong, Werribee or Craigieburn.

You must also have searched online for any health information (e.g., about yourself or your family), at least once in the past year.

For information about the study, email Dr Kate Anderson at kate.anderson2@deakin.edu.au, or call her on 03 9251 7850.